The 10 Best Things to Do in East Orleans, United States

November 23, 2017 Lean Nau

Orleans (/ɔːrˈliːnz/ or-LEENZ) is a town in Barnstable County, Massachusetts situated along Cape Cod. The population was 5,890 at the 2010 census.
Restaurants in East Orleans

1. Skaket Beach

Skaket Beach Street, Orleans, MA
Excellent
72%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 343 reviews

Skaket Beach

Reviewed By TheMitt - Orlanda fl

Wonderful beach to swim if you prefer the mild waves of the bay. Paved parking, daily fee on season. Bathroom facilities.

Small sandy beach, west facing for beautiful sunsets. Sadly, like many bay beaches, grass is fast encroaching on the available beach area, so the future is in question.

2. Salt Pond Visitor Center

Route 6, Eastham, MA 02642 +1 508-255-3421
Excellent
75%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
2%
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4.5 based on 317 reviews

Salt Pond Visitor Center

Popular replica of an Indian settlement.

Reviewed By phil52_10 - Maidstone, United Kingdom

The visitor centre is bright and modern, the staff are knowledgeable and helpful. The exhibits inside and out are interesting. The marsh trail is a scenic beauty. It is an easy walk and about half way there is a viewing area which gives you an outstanding view of the marshlands and the ocean. A really pleasant way to spend a couple of hours.

3. Chatham Marconi Maritime Center

847 Orleans Rd, North Chatham, Chatham, MA 02650-1165 +1 508-945-8889
Excellent
89%
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5 based on 127 reviews

Chatham Marconi Maritime Center

Museum, Education, Lectures, and more! Founded in 2002, the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center sits on the 11.3-acre, 10-building campus which comprised the former Marconi/RCA Wireless Receiving Station, once the busiest ship-to-shore station on the East Coast and a significant military installation (during World War II). The Operations Building now houses the Marconi/RCA Wireless Museum offering interactive exhibits tracing the story of wireless communication in Chatham from its formative days with Marconi, through the 20th Century. The recently renovated campus residence, also once known as the Hotel Nautilus, is the Education Center with additional space for administrative offices, classes, and lectures. CMMC began working on STEM classes in 2008 and launched a major education initiative in 2011 when it partnered with the Public Schools of Chatham and Harwich, MA (now the Monomoy Regional School District), and the MIT Club of Cape Cod to develop curriculum and teacher training materials in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The specific focus of the program is on the subject areas of Communications Engineering and Design. These fields are two of the subtopics in the MA Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Frameworks. They also coincide with the mission of CMMC and our emphasis on wireless communications. Finally, we live in the "information age." Innovations are occurring on a daily basis and the products that reach the marketplace are having a profound effect upon society. Our implementation plan includes active roles for both professionals and volunteers in K-12 classrooms throughout Cape Cod. We also offer a wide array of classes and workshops in the summer, a winter science camp, after school programs, and professional development for teachers. To see a complete list of our courses and a preview of our museum offerings, visit our website.

Reviewed By John g - Seattle, Washington

This small but informative museum is packed with a number of displays of historical events in the early history of radio telegraphy in the 20th century all tied in to the Cape Cod and Chatham area. The museum personnel were very helpful and friendly as well. a lot of hands on aspects to the displays.

4. Nauset Beach

250 Beach Rd, Orleans, MA 02653-2908 +1 508-240-3780
Excellent
71%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 589 reviews

Nauset Beach

Reviewed By Susan M - Warren, Michigan

You have to walk many stairs to get down to the beach. Tide was low, so there was a lot of Beach. But the wind was blowing causing the surf to rise. Not really cold for an October. The kids from the local high school or having their gym class there. I think they were running one of the trails. My first stop of several beaches. There is the lighthouse there.

5. Coast Guard Beach

Nauset & Doane Rds, Eastham, MA
Excellent
76%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 502 reviews

Coast Guard Beach

A great beach to hike, relax and soak up the natural beauty of the Cape Cod National Seashore.

Reviewed By worldtraveller715 - kingston, ny

Stopped here for the day to soak up the sunshine. Nice beach, we got the bonus of watching seals near the shore looking for food. Everyone was taking pictures and watching the seals. Pretty cool.

6. Fort Hill Rural Historic District

Fort Hill Road, Eastham, MA 02642 +1 508-349-3785
Excellent
70%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 128 reviews

Fort Hill Rural Historic District

A scenic and historic walking trail managed by the Cape Cod National Seashore.

Reviewed By Bob M

Fort Hill is a perfect place for a long and leisurely walk with wonderful ocean and marsh scenery everywhere you look. The walking paths wind up, down and across meadows that slope down from the Hill towards the marshes And the bay, with the National Seashore dunes in the distance. A wonderful place for a picnic, or for an artist or photographer.

7. Corporation Beach

Dennis, MA
Excellent
66%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 149 reviews

Corporation Beach

Reviewed By Bob C - Albany, New York

This is one of our favorite beaches on the Cape. It is usually crowded however there always is room amongst the crowd to set up a chair or two. The snack bar at the beach serves excellent food. It is near where we stay so it is accessible for us. I appreciate you can drop off your beach items in the parking lot and then walk back to the beach from our Inn. We came one nigh around dusk to see the full moon. At this time you can park in the parking lot closest to the beach without cost.

8. Cape Cod National Seashore

99 Marconi Site Rd, MA 02667-8142 (508) 255-3421
Excellent
83%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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5 based on 509 reviews

Cape Cod National Seashore

Over 40,000 beautiful acres of protected beach and dunes, stretching from Chatham to Provincetown.

Reviewed By mjc404 - Derby, United Kingdom

We really enjoyed visiting the Cape Cod National Seashore park. The whole area is a wonderful haven for wildlife, and the beaches are beautiful and unspoilt. We visited the Salt Ponds Visitors Center, and also several beaches so we had a really great time.

9. First Encounter Beach

End of Samoset Rd. off U.S. 6, Eastham, MA
Excellent
74%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 194 reviews

First Encounter Beach

Reviewed By Drtamaragrosz - Aubrey, Texas

Absolutely breathtaking at sunset and it is a real community event! Everyone comes to see the nature show! Best beach to avoid the ocean infested with sharks!

10. Crosby Landing Beach

Brewster, MA
Excellent
73%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 98 reviews

Crosby Landing Beach

Reviewed By Roxanna C

crystal clear water on the cape. parking is not a problem if you have a state park pass or if you go after 4 pm. nice place for the kids to collect rocks or play.

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